Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Paso Robles Red Blend - 2009 Cirque du Vin - Peachy Canyon Winery

During a quick stop at Whole Foods to grab a couple of Ribeye steaks for a dinner of sous vide steaks with Bearnaise sauce, I decided to pick up a couple of everyday wines.  I saw this red blend and once I saw it was from Paso Robles, and was a very interesting blend of Bordeaux varietals plus Zinfandel and Petit Sirah, I decided to give it a try. It wasn't until I sat down to write this review that I noticed it was from Peachy Canyon Winery - makers of awesome Zinfandels that the wife and I had visited in Paso Robles many years ago.

Wine: 2009 Cirque du Vin - Peachy Canyon Winery
Region: Paso Robles, California
Grape Varieties:  Red Blend (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Zinfandel, 16% Petit Sirah, 16% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec)
Obtained from: Purchased at Whole Foods
Price: $19.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine is clear, with a pink rim.
Aroma: Dark fruits like black cherry along with some vanilla and baking spices.
Taste: Delicious! Nicely balanced, lots of fruit with a nice long finish. Full bodied, nicely tannic but definitely ready to drink.

The Grade: I give this one an A+. Wow! This "kitchen sink" blend of so many varietals, even Zinfandel which isn't as common in blended wines, really works.  At under $20 this wine is a great value and one that I will buy again...soon.  Enjoy the circus of wine!


  1. Hi Jim,

    So glad to hear you enjoyed our Cirque du Vin! We've been making the Cirque for years... Originally it went by a different name, Jester, but another winery decided they wanted to make a wine by that name, so we switched. Personally, I love the name "circus of wine," because our life here in Paso is pretty much that!

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